Facebook messenger users; heres what you need to look out for to prevent ‘virus’

The malware, named "Digmine", affects desktop versions of the app

Facebook messenger users; heres what you need to look out for to prevent ‘virus’

Avid user of Facebook messenger, be warned now as a ‘virus’ is said to be loose on your favorite app which aims to turns victims’ computers into a cryptocurrency miner without their knowledge.

Security experts have issued warning to this effect and international media outlets have begun reporting on it as well.

The malware, named “Digmine”, affects desktop versions of the app when running on a Google Chrome browser, according to researchers.

“If the user’s Facebook account is set to log in automatically, Digmine will manipulate Facebook Messenger in order to send a link to the file to the account’s friends,” it is believed.

It may be known that crypto-mining malware works by hijacking a computer’s processing power to help generate coins and confirm transactions for digital exchanges.

It is also to be understood that mining a bitcoin eats up a lot of power and so it has become lucrative for criminal gangs to infect computers en masse to do the job, earning them cryptocurrency including Bitcoin in return.

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